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Shelburne taking advantage of website that links yesteryear with the present


Published on August 4, 2017

The Town of Shelburne is working on a new project to put Shelburne on the map, literally.

A website entitled www.whatwasthere.com ties historical photos to Google Maps allowing people to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past.

Julie Ferguson, special projects coordinator for the town, has been uploading many photos they have scanned from various places in the community, including the archives and Genealogical Society.

Already 80 photos have been uploaded putting Shelburne on the map as one of the leading places in Canada for the website.

“Right now there are only about 1,000 in the whole country,” she said. The app is gaining attention through tourism throughout the states.

Ferguson wants to see many more photos brought in to be scanned to get a more complete picture of the town’s yesteryear.

When you go to the website search Shelburne and with Google Maps the website will show you what was there and what is there now.  People can also fade the photo to blend in to the streetscape so you can see how buildings have changed architecturally over the years.

“Whether it’s a photo from 100 years ago or just your favourite ice cream parlour now…it’s really wide open on what can be done,” said Ferguson.

 “You can go online and see what Shelburne’s base looked like during WWII,” she noted.

She said that it can be addictive to wander through the town and see all the ways the town has changed over the years.

She also said anyone can upload the photos themselves too as it is simple to use.

 

Do you have an old photo of a building, house or streetscape for the Town of Shelburne?  Bring them in to the town to be scanned and put history in its place or try uploading one  for yourself.